Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Young Voters Weigh in on Negativity in Recent Senate Election

By Maggie Roth
Gordon College News Service
January 26, 2010
(This article appeared in the Foster's Daily Democrat.)

For last Tuesday’s special election, Christina Johnson, 22, hauled herself out of bed and drove to the voting polls to cast her vote. But that doesn’t mean she was happy about it.

North Shore Christian Schools Weather the Economic Storm

By Amanda C. Thompson
Gordon College News Service
January 26, 2010

If a handful of Massachusetts’s Christian schools have weathered the economic crisis, it’s not because the storm didn’t hit. “We’ve had to batten down the hatches,” said Tom Stoner, headmaster of Covenant Christian Academy in Peabody.

Nocturnal Jobs on the North Shore

By Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
January 26, 2010
(This article appeared in the February 9 edition of The Gloucester Times and in its online publication and in the February 15 edition of The Salem News.)
Lobster fishermen have it tough on even the sunniest days. But for those who head out to sea in the dark early morning hours—when the light is tricky and the sea unpredictable—the job can be grueling.

Survival of the Small Business: Cup Cake Cafe Celebrates Five Sweet Years

By Alysa Obert
Gordon College News Service
January 26, 2010

There are the vanilla butter creams, the chocolate swirls, and of course, Boston Cream. They sit in delicious rows beside Red Velvet, Italian Rum, and even Turtle-flavored cup cakes.

Yes, cup cakes. With 60 flavors and different sizes to choose from, the Cup Cake CafĂ© at 297 Rantoul Street in Beverly, MA, has seen a steady following of, well, indulgence since it opened five years ago.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Survival of the Small Business: Manchester by the Book

By Alysa Obert
Gordon College News Service
January 20, 2010

Eleven years ago owner Mark Stolle opened the doors of his shop Manchester by the Book. Although the name was not his favorite, the store has since become a staple in the community where residents view it as a place to rest, relax, enjoy a book—or two—and an interesting conversation.

Like most small businesses on the North Shore, Manchester by the Book in the center of Manchester by the Sea, MA, started small an idea and some books from Stolle’s parent’s basement.

Local Band Sharing the Spotlight with Haiti

By Amanda C. Thompson
Gordon College News Service
January 19, 2010
(This story appeared in the Boston Globe regional edition for Somerville.)

Until Tuesday, the upcoming CD release party for local band Adam Ezra Group (AEG) was scheduled to be just that: a release party. But when disaster struck in Haiti, the Boston-based musicians changed their plans.

“Our thoughts are down there with the folks in the midst of the crisis,” said Adam Ezra (guitar, vocals, lyrics, and of course, namesake). “We thought we should share our big night with them.”

Slowing Down Type: A Return to the Keys

By Muriel Hoffacker
Gordon College News Service
January 20, 2010

Next to the covered window of Katharine and Daniel Worth Larsen’s home in Gloucester, MA, sits an elegant typewriter, a curled, thin sheet of paper tucked above its keys.  Others like it are gently placed in the small, dimly lit living room.

The typewriters are not mere showpieces for Katharine, 34, and Daniel Worth Larsen, 31; they use them. Often, Katharine, manager of Walker Creek Furniture in Essex, MA, and Daniel, case manager at Salem Hospital, say the typewriters help them slow down and take the time to organize their thoughts as they type, aware of the mistakes their old machines will make.

Young, Smart and In Charge: North Shore Sees Surge in Young Leadership

By Maggie Roth
Gordon College News Service
January 20, 2010

(This story appeared in the Salem News.)


They’re young, they’re smart, and most of all, they’re successful.

Armed with motivation, energy, and fresh new ideas, an increasing number of young professionals on Boston’s North Shore are climbing the ladder of success and reaching the top before their thirtieth birthday.